Excessive sweating is called by medical experts, Hyperhidrosis. But for you and me it’s called sweating. For about 4% of the world’s population this is a major problem, simply because we sweat too much. The symptoms of Hyperhidrosis can affect many parts of your body including sweaty face, hands, feet and palms. But there are also psychological and social symptoms that can become very difficult to overcome. Just living from day to day with a sweat problem can be very hard for those of us who sweat too much.
What causes Excessive Sweating?
This is the medical explanation. You can skip to the next paragraph if you like. There is a part of your brain called the Hypothalamus which is responsible for controlling all sweat related activities. The hypothalamus triggers off the sweat glands through the nerves in your body. When a person gets hot or does some heavy exercise the sweat system will start up and supply sweat to cool you down. Excessive sweating happens when your glands, your nerves or indeed your Hypothalamus is not working correctly. The end result for you is excess sweat.
Types of Excessive Sweating
There are two main types of excessive sweating. Both of them have two names which doesn’t help us at all. The first type is Primary or Focal Hyperhidrosis. This problem is caused by problems in your nervous system which makes your glands in certain parts of your body over react. The main areas of the body to experience excess sweat are the arms, hands, feet and the face. You will often see someone who has this problem do some exercise and their whole face is dripping sweat.
The second type of excess sweating is called Secondary or Generalized Hyperhidrosis. You can probably guess from the name that this is a problem for the whole body. The root causes are usually from long term health conditions such as metabolic disorders or neurological disorders. There are other causes that are not lifelong, such as the menopause.
How to Treat Excess Sweating?
Well here’s the thing. It is not that easy to treat excess sweating. There are medical and surgical solutions that to me are very drastic indeed. You can reduce the sensitivity of your nerves and glands with electric shocks. You can have Botox injections. You can also have surgery to reduce the glands and nerves in the particular area of your body that sweats too much. I would never use any of these sweat treatments for myself as I do not believe that they are necessary.
The Obvious Things to Do
You can use anti-perspirants, although I have to say that for me they have the reverse effect and make me sweat more. But anti-perspirants do work for some people. Then you can wear loose clothing and natural fabrics that breathe. Of course the current fashion sense is to wear everything tight. This is no good for sweat problems. The other obvious thing to do is to watch your diet. Eat fewer spicy meals and stop eating processed foods. These will all help you naturally to reduce your sweating.
Finding a Long Term Solution to Sweating
The thing to do is to look at your treatment holistically and do a number of things together to help you reduce your sweat. Our bodies are complex things with many components. We also have psychological pressures and difficulties that will further complicate treating excessive sweating. For myself I wash once a day and try to keep it to that. If I wash more than that I start to sweat even more. I also eat fresh food almost exclusively. I never eat ready meals and try to limit hot spicy foods.
Stress and Sweating
The main way I look after myself is by planning my life to be as stress free as possible. I try never to do something that puts pressure on me. If I get a phone call saying I should drop everything and do something else I politely say that I can’t. I don’t say why. I do not do things spontaneously because I know this puts me under pressure and I will start sweating too much. I use to run a very busy business that I had to give up because I was always sweating because of the pressure I was under. It was a big step, but my health is more important. You will do well to look at how your life is organised and see where you can reduce stress in your life.
Alcohol and Sweating
I first wrote about alcohol and sweating about three years ago on this blog. I had a lot of correspondence about it even though I’m not a medical guy. I was just writing from experience. I am now convinced that for adults, alcohol is a major factor in them sweating too much. This is not a popular thing to say in our current wine culture but it is true. The worst culprits seem to be sweet drinks such as white wine and cider. Spirits and dry red wine cause the least amount of sweat for me. A mate of mine says that beer is his problem and he will sweat after only a few sips of beer. The only real cure is complete abstinence or certainly strict limiting of alcoholic consumption. It’s not that much to give up if you can live a normal sweat free life as a result. Is it?
Is There A System To Help Me Stop Sweating?
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